minutes from east end, on Route 104 km 4.5 is the Pablo Atchugarry Foundation, a paradise of sculptures and artistic installations surrounded by hectares of green, created in 2007 by the renowned Uruguayan sculptor Pablo Atchugarry.
New this summer is the inauguration of the Atchugarry Museum of Contemporary Art (MACA), an imposing building of 5000 m2, the work of the architect Carlos Ott —famous for building the Paris Opera—, which will feature the Atchugarry permanent collection and pieces by American, Latin American and European artists.
Inspired by the shape of a great ark, with exuberant undulating shapes that dialogue with the landscape of hills, trees and a lake, the structure of MACA is a sculpture in itself, made with wood from large Uruguayan eucalyptus trees that were treated, cut and numbered in France to later return to Manantiales.
Inside, it houses four exhibition halls, an auditorium/cinema for 72 spectators, a cafeteria and a restaurant. Visitors will be able to enjoy the international exhibition Christo and Jeanne-Claude in Uruguay, exhibited for the first time in South America.
You can also tour the Atchugarry permanent collection, the exhibition of the Argentine artist León Ferrari and more than 50 works by Latin American and European artists such as Julio Le Parc, María Freire y Costigliolo, Wifredo Díaz Valdéz, Joaquín Torres García, Raúl Pavlotzki, Miguel Ángel Pareja, Ignacio Iturria, Vik Muniz, Frank Stella, Louise Nevelson, among many others.
Open to the public, the Atchubarry Museum is positioned as a great cultural center that aims to promote the development of national artists and be the meeting point for art references from all over the world. In addition, this proposal offers a special attraction, since it fuses artistic-architectural experience and that calm that comes from being in the middle of nature.
More than 5,000 people attended the grand opening on Saturday, January 8. The event was attended by Pablo Atchugarry, Carlos Ott, the President of the Republic Luis Lacalle Pou and the former presidents José Pepe Mujica and Julio María Sanguinetti, and there was a concert by Mathías Atchugarry, a Toquinho show in the open air and a show of the Sodre National Ballet.
All the programming of shows, film cycles, conferences and seminars are announced by the networks. The museum is open every day, from 12 to 20 with free admission.